Samuel Jones, one-time JP, Alderman, Sheriff and Mayor of Exeter, was a man of the people who worked to bring clean water, regulated power supplies and improved healthcare to those who lived in the city. Samuel’s efforts to increase Exeter’s trading powers and improve his own successful wine and spirit importing business led to the building of the bonded warehouse here in 1878.
The warehouse was Samuel Jones’ physical legacy to the people of Exeter, as he intended it to revert to city ownership at the end of the 31 year lease taken out by his company, W.L. Jones and Sons in 1878.
The site was previously owned by the Devonshire Cider Company and housed a marine store and a rag depot before Samuel’s outlay of £2,000 created the building you are in today. The inauguration of the warehouse was the event of the year, with the Mayor and elected officials enjoying a feast memorable enough to be mentioned in the Exeter Evening Post 22 years later!
The building has housed a number of nightspots over the years and boasted the likes of David Bowie, Mud and KC and the Sunshine Band amongst those who have enlivened the venue in previous incarnations. St Austell Brewery’s investment of £1.5 million breathes new life into this truly historic building, reigniting Samuel’s dream of bringing the finest ales, wines and spirits to the people of Exeter with the addition of a unique, contemporary eating experience that Mayor Jones himself would have been proud of.